FORT BLISS, TX — A Fort Bliss Soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died May 25 in Charkh, Logar province, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza died when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
"1st Armored Division and Team Bliss lost an outstanding Soldier this past weekend; we are keeping Staff Sgt. Loeza's Family, friends and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," stated Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. "Keep all of our Servicemembers in your prayers and remember FREEDOM IS DEFINITELY NOT FREE," he added.
Loeza, 28, of El Paso, Texas, was an Infantryman (MOS 11B) who entered the Army in June 2002. He was previously stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Bragg, NC, and Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
A memorial ceremony in honor of this fallen Soldier will be coordinated and announced at a later date.